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#AUSvNZ | New Zealand muster 142 runs on slow Dharamsala pitch

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 14 February 2017, 5:58 IST

Australia have been set a target of 143 runs to chase by the New Zealand batting line up, who would be disappointed of not posting a bigger total on the board after getting off to a good start.

If New Zealand's score against India was below par, the total posted for Australia to chase would be even poorer considering the start that New Zealand had, posting 60+ runs without losing a wicket.

But Australia pulled things back courtesy surprise package Mitchell Marsh, who was initially not even expected to be in the Australian squad for the T20 World Cup. Shane Watson deserves credit too, as both bowlers recorded economy rates of less than 6 - a rarity in T20 cricket.

Martin Guptill top scored for New Zealand after opening the batting with 39, and Kane Williamson was the next highest scorer with 24 off 20 balls.

New Zealand have a task ahead of them in trying to contain the Australian batting line up, as the Kangaroos have all to play for in the second innings on a pitch that looks good for batting.

First published: 18 March 2016, 4:49 IST
 
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